Earlier bird steals Archaeopteryx's worm

Earlier bird steals Archaeopteryx's worm

A prehistoric creature the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the earth. The small, feathered "Dawn" bird lived about 160 million years ago in what is now China, about 10 million years before Archaeopteryx, which holds the official title of earliest bird known to science.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 5:10am

Short Science, May 19, 2013

Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan

Newly unearthed ape and monkey fossils prove that the cousin species lived side-by-side in Africa as long as 25 million years ago, according to a study published in Nature.

19 May 2013 - 1:38am

Primitive birds used four wings for flight

The fossil of a Sapeornis bird that was not believed to have hind feathers until now. Some primitive birds used four wings. Photo: AFP

Previous research had uncovered the existence of bird-like dinosaurs with hind limb feathers, but evidence has remained slim in birds, which are widely believed to have evolved from dinosaurs.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:29am

Short Science, December 9, 2012

An artist's impression of the earliest known dinosaur. Photo: Reuters

New images of the moon's crust point to a violent past in which it was battered by comets and asteroids during its first billion years, US scientists say.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Fossils suggest giant pandas went from being man's friend to prey

Evidence suggests early humans turned pandas into prey as soon as they obtained the strength. Photo: Xinhua

Huang Wanbo put down his magnifying glass and frowned. The anthropologist was sitting at a dirty desk under a lamp in a farmhouse in Wushan county, Chongqing, staring at the two-million-year-old fossil skull of an ancestor of the giant panda, later named Ailuropoda microta.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

World's oldest flying fish found in China

Palaeontologists in China said on Wednesday they had found the world’s oldest flying fish, a strange, snub-nosed creature that glided over water in a bid to evade predators some 240 million years ago.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Fossilised 'bug' had complex brain long before scientists thought possible

A fossil of the ancient arthropod.

A 520-million-year-old, 7.6cm fossil has yielded evidence that complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, scientists said.

The preserved external skeleton of Fuxianhuia protensa, an extinct type of arthropod, is the earliest known fossil to show a complex brain, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

Nation's fossil sites must be protected

Science and business make uneasy bedfellows in Lufeng, one of the most important fossil sites not only in China, but the world.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Arrests after dinosaur eggs seized

Authorities in Zhejiang have cracked the province's biggest fossil smuggling case, arresting four people and seizing more than 1,000 dinosaur eggs and other rare pieces bound for the United States.

Customs officers seized the shipment, packed into 15 crates, in the port city of Ningbo on Monday, state media said yesterday. It was labelled as Christmas tree ornaments.

4 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Crackdown on fossil trade is stepped up

New measures will be implemented to stop the nation's fossils from being smuggled abroad, a senior official at the Ministry of Land and Resources says.

Li Minglu, head of the ministry's division of geological environment, told the South China Morning Post that the ministry was working on a list of fossils for protection.

8 May 2003 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

How are fossils formed? STEPHEN CHAN King George V School Fossils are the remains or traces of an animal or plant from an earlier age, usually in the form of bones which have been converted into rock or impressions. There are also several places where the footprints of extinct animals have been fossilised.

8 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

No auction

MACAU cancelled the auction of fossils of dinosaur eggs and 13 antiques after what was believed to be a request by the Chinese authorities. Finance Services was to auction 58 batches of confiscated goods, including the fossils of six eggs valued at about $5,500 each. The items were smuggled out of China this month.

23 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

The first animals on Earth

HAVE you ever wondered what kinds of animals were on the world first? Experts keep discovering new fossils and finding new evidence that tells us more about early life on Earth.

The first fossils that show life are from about 3.5 billion years ago! They were called stromawtolites. They were sticky clumps of bacteria that sent out filaments.

28 Aug 1993 - 12:00am